THE BOY WHO THOUGHT OUTSIDE THE BOX: THE STORY OF VIDEO GAME INVENTOR RALPH BAER

ralph BAER memorial BENCH

On May 10, 2019, I traveled to Manchester, NH to attend the unveiling and dedication of the Ralph Baer Memorial Bench, located in Arms Park in Manchester, NH.

Why a bench?

Ralph Baer was sitting on a bench, waiting for a bus, when he wrote up the design documents outlining his TV gaming idea.

ralph’s workshop at the SMITHSONIAN MuSEUM

Ralph Baer donated his video game test units, production models, notes, and schematics to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in 2006. His papers are kept in the Museum's Archives Center. In 2014, the Museum collected his workshop to become the landmark object for its Innovation Wing. Pictures courtesy of Rubin Pfeffer.